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Internships: Bridging the Talent Gap

This program will provide insight into building a successful Internship Program to bridge the talent gap from those retiring to the new workforce. The discussion will include identifying talent needs to the implementation of the internship program.

Join Odell Nickelberry as he presents

  1. Determining your talent needs and how interns can fulfill those,
  2. Getting management buy-in to the internship concept, and
  3. Building relationships with colleges and universities.

He will tie everything together with an overview of the Arkansas Blue Cross Internship Program which is now starting its sixth year.

Odell Nickelberry, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Odell Nickelberry, SPHR, SHRM-SCP has over 28 years of experience in the field of Human Resources. He has supported a number of corporate, field-based, technical and manufacturing business units. His professional experience includes successful tenures at 2 Fortune 50 corporations, a global demilitarization corporation, and a Midwestern utility conglomerate, in addition to freelance consulting. Among his notable career achievements are leading national recruitment and rotational career development programs and establishing progressive, recruitment and employee relations-based shared services. He has received a number of accolades for leadership, team building, organizational development, and employee relations.
Odell is active in his career field-related associations and served as president of the board of directors, Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) for the year 2015. He is also engaged in a number of community outreach activities. Currently, Odell is the Director of Human Resources at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
He holds a BA in economics from Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL and an MBA in HR Development from Edgewood College, Madison, WI.

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Date: Thu, April 04, 2019 | 2:30-3:45 pm

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Location: Room 209

HRCI Credits:

1.25 General HRCI Recertification credits available.

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is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for 1.25 HR (General) credit(s) toards a PHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HRCI website at

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SHRM Credits:

1.25 SHRM Recertification credits available.

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is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. This program is valid for 1.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


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